5 created by Gerard Way & Gabriel Ba in The Umbrella
Academy: The Apocalypse Suite #1 (Date)
The Umbrella Academy is about a team of superpowered
All around the world, children are born to women who previously
showed no signs of pregnancy - the children are all adopted by Dr.
Reginald Hargreeves, a wealthy philanthropist (and secretly an
alien), to create a team - 7 of the children ultimately survive,
all identified by numbers instead of names
5 is able to travel through time, but only forwards - he
arrives in a post-apocalyptic world, and spends 45 years figuring
out how to return
When he does, he is reverted to his 10 year old body, and is
then incapable of aging or growing
He arrives shortly after Dr. Hargreeves’ death, and reveals to
the estranged team that the world ends 3 days after the death - he
has to reunite the team, who had been apart for 9 years
Works with #1, aka Spaceboy, to help lead the team - they end
up fighting #7, who turns out to be the most powerful member of the
team after she is experimented on by evil musicians - #5 shoots her
in the head, leaving her paralyzed but alive
In the second volume, it’s revealed that #5 was experimented on
in the future, and had DNA from history’s greatest killers grafted
into his body, making him the perfect assassin
He was designed to prevent aberrations in the timestream, and
then was sent back to help kill JFK - the “old” one has to kill all
other assassins attempting to kill Kennedy so the “young” one can
do the job - JFK ultimately ends up killed by #3, aka Rumor - also
revealed that #5 and #1 are twin brothers
Vol. 3 - Hotel Oblivion - neither of us have read it
Detached from humanity because of spending 50 years alone
In-universe - Lean into the temporal paradox of his life
Out of universe - (33:30)
Hello 5, I’m Dr. Issues. - Good afternoon Doctor.
I must confess that in all my years of experience and all my
patients, I’ve never dealt with one quite as young as you. - I
wouldn’t consider this a deviation from the norm. Despite my
appearance, I’m actually 60 years old.
Really? - The curse of my abilities. I traveled ahead in time,
spent 50 years figuring out how to get back, and when I returned
discovered my body had returned to the state it was when I first
jumped. Not only that, I cannot age. So I’m stuck in this
prepubescent body permanently.
Oh my. - As you can imagine, it hasn’t exactly been the best
time for me.
I see. So, uh, 5… do you have another name I can use? - Yes,
but unfortunately it’s long been forgotten. It doesn’t matter.
There’s no one worthwhile who would use it anyway.
Well I would like to think - And that’s where you’re wrong.
It’s ultimately futile, Doctor, because all of this discussion is
an attempt to think the unthinkable, undo what can’t be undone,
unless I’ve already thought and done it.
You’re literally talking in circles. -Living in circles,
Must you correct every phrase? -No, but when I don’t, there’s
nobody else around to do it for me, so it might as well be me.
What is it that you want, really? You talk as if you already
have all of the answers. -Not all of them, just more than most.
Maybe I want a little more.
That’s a common problem. Hedonistic adaptation. -Hard to be
hedonistic when everyone sees your appearance as a cherub.
I wouldn’t go that far. -I would. I HAVE. I
use...this...and I have to drown my past in booze
sometimes because nobody believes a little boy has done what I’ve
Well...what have you done? -Kill.
Oh, I’m sorry. -A lot.
...um, still sorry? -...Not sure you should be. Some deserved
it. Hopefully all. But I’m realistic. Played the odds.
And how do you feel about the innocents you’ve killed? - It is
what it is. Collateral damage, so to speak.
That’s an awfully callous way to describe murder. - I wouldn’t
know. The people that asked me to kill for them didn’t see a
problem with it. I actually thought I talked it out pretty good
with myself when I had some alone time.
When was that? -Twenty years into the future before I knew I
had to get back to the past.
I...uh...that actually...it’s… -No need to stammer. I’ll move
NO! I apologize, I’m willing to admit when I need clarification
on something. I get the gist of your time travel, but what did you
see that made you want to go back? Clearly it wasn’t good. -That’s
where the “talking to myself” part comes in. I was young, so I
don’t really know if I understood, other than it was bad. Then I
got to think about it later, and I realized it was the worst
possible outcome for everyone involved. I screwed up trying to get
back so many times. Any problems now are like a fart in the
So you saw a bad future, and come back to a young age, despite
being older, and do a lot of killing along the way...you must have
some impressive coping mechanisms to even be able to talk about
this so candidly. -I’m not going to argue with you about that. But
everybody has their own style, you know? The ones I hang around
with, we’re considered freaks of nature.
Far be it for me to put a damper on your… extracurricular
activities, but surely you can appreciate value in SOMEthing other
than that. - I have a cute little puppy.
Wonderful! I’d love to hear all abou -he’s the greatest thing
he has such a cute droopy thing he does with his ear he likes to
get his head scratched all the time he would chase a ball for hours
and sometimes I fake throwing it or a replace it with a grenade so
he can learn to sniff gunpowder and then I give his old ball back
and I think I feed him too much but he whimpers when I miss food
time his name is Mr. Pennycrumb…*breathes heavily*
Whoa. In such a brief period of time you showed more emotional
range than with any other serious topic you’ve discussed so far.
Would you like more of that? -Yes please.
***awkward pause***You don’t have to say please. Um...well
then, I guess our goal is to help broaden your emotional spectrum
while reconnecting to...living...things. -Close enough.
So shall I expect you in a future session? - Were I a man who
considered such things, I’d appreciate that play on words. As it
stands I simply acknowledge it and say that we will see each other
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